Before I start, I just want to say I am a massive animal lover of all kinds of animals. I have both cats and dogs as pets and love them equally.
Both dogs and cats are great pets, and they both have their pros and cons.
1. Dogs provide an active lifestyle for owners.
Dogs are very energetic (especially when they are younger). This requires the owner to take them for constant walks. Not only are these walks beneficial for the dog but also for owner. 10 minutes of walking each day can boost your mood, help you lose weight, prevent or manage health conditions and help you sleep better at night.
Basically, dogs can help you live longer.
Cats, on the other hand, don't need to be walked as much. It's certainly much more common to see a dog being walked on a lead by it's owner than a cat.
Cats prefer to stay in and around their home and wait for time to pass by.
2. Dogs can learn tricks!
Dogs can learn a variety of tricks and can learn them much easier than cats. The capability of a dog in learning tricks never fails to amaze me.
While training the dog to learn tricks, a good relationship between dog and owner is established.
Cats can't learn tricks as easy as dogs can. Training a cat to sit, rollover or play fetch can be a weird sight to see.
I personally have never seen a cat do tricks that dogs can do.
3. Dogs can Provide Protection to the Home
A dog can provide protection to a home and the surrounding property.
Dogs can alert owners when seeing a stranger in the yard or can even attack on command when the owner says to.
Cats can't provide the same protection to a home that dogs can.
The size of cats along with their inability to bark means they cannot provide the same protection that dogs can.
In summary, dogs are better than cats as pets and are much more practical (and can help save your life!). Having said this, I still love cats and dogs equally and will always have both as pets. They both have pros and cons. I will do a part 2 soon.